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Thunder Rose

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  187 ratings  ·  36 reviews
Thunder Rose vows to grow up to be more than just big and strong, thank you very kindly--and boy, does she ever! But when a whirling storm on a riotous rampage threatens, has Rose finally met her match?
Paperback, 32 pages
Published September 1st 2007 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published 2003)
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On the stormy night she was born, this little baby girl grabbed hold of the lightning outside her window, wrapped it up into a little ball, and raised it just above her shoulders. The doctor said, “She’s going to grow up to be good and strong, all right.” She did that and more. Thunder Rose, as she came to be named, could bend and twist metal with her own two hands and lift a cow high above her head just for a drink of milk to “quench her hungry thirst.” She uses her strength for goo...more
Amy Musser
Thunder Rose was born in the middle of a huge thunder and lightening storm. She wrapped the lightening into a ball and began to talk to her astonished parents. So overcome with love for their first free-born child, Rose’s parents began to sing a sweet, old melody that Rose captured and set at the bull’s-eye of her heart. The rest of Rose’s adventures, from stopping a herd of stampeding steer at the age of twelve to lassoing a cloud and stopping twin twisters, are no less amazing. Through it all...more
Thunder Rose was born on a wild stormy night with a heaping helping of spunk! After the doctor sees her take hold of a bolt of lightning and roll it into a ball, he declares, “She’s going to grow up to be good and strong, all right.” The minutes-old infant then turns to him and says, “I reckon I will want to do more than that. Thank you very kindly!” And, so she does.

Winner of the 2004 Coretta Scott King Award, Thunder Rose is an African American folktale set in the Old West just after the Civi...more
Kathy Ramirez
I thought this book was very engaging and creatively written! The story of Thunder Rose is very unique and catches the attention I am sure of many readers. The story of Thunder Rose is a story of an 'underdog' showing her gifts- much like a super hero to me! I thought the illustrations were absolutely beautiful in full-out bright colors and the characters drawn and designed are very realistic. I think that this story could be used as a great tool in the classroom because it combines both ficiton...more
Jaclyn Giordano
Thunder Rose by Jerdine Nolen was a 2004 Corretta Scott King Illustrator Honor book. I gave this book four stars. This picture book is intended for readers from preschool through grade three. This imaginative book follows Thunder Rose, a strong and powerful yet sweet and caring little girl of the Old West. This magical tale tells of Thunder Rose’s magical powers from when she was just a baby and as she grew up. With song in her heart (from the loving lullabies of her family), Thunder Rose uses...more
'Thunder Rose', a children's fictional story written by Jerdine Nolen and illustrated by Kadir Nelson, tells of a little girl named Rose. The narrator tells us Rose being born and her amazing power of thunder and lightning coursing through her veins. The author uses language that is recognizable to the cultural group that is depicted in this text, as she is apart of this cultural group, and the illustrations are vivid and match the language used. However, the story is not very realistic. For exa...more
Feb 04, 2013 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is an entertaining tall tale about a young girl named Thunder Rose. It reminded me a lot of similar tall tales we've read, like John Henry and Pecos Bill; and I was thrilled to find another tall tale about a woman, like Paula Bunyan.

The narrative is very exaggerated and entertaining and the colorful illustrations certainly help to depict just how strong and powerful Thunder Rose is. The story is humorous and dramatic and I appreciated that the author wanted to create a larger-than-life Afr...more
Ricardo Contreras
Thunder Rose is the story about a girl, born into this world to be strong, different and defy all the barriers placed in front of her. At birth she rounded up thunder and placed it in a ball, shortly after she spoke, and in no time she was even feeding herself. Thunder Rose had no fears, and instead she seemed to go to trouble. If the.animals needed rain, she would grab a cloud with her iron rope and squeeze water out of it, if a tornado was approaching she could move the tornando as it nothing....more
Arriving in this world on a stormy night, a baby girl grabbed hold of lightning outside her window, wrapped it up into a little ball, and raised it just above her shoulders. The doctor said, “She’s going to grow up to be good and strong, all right.” Thunder Rose, as she came to be named, could bend and twist metal with her own two hands and lift a cow high above her head for a drink of milk. She practices her strength for good, instead of evil. Thunder Rose learns that inner strength is as impor...more
Vanessa Kriiger
A very tastefull wild west story exhibiting two different cultural perspectives, a female cowgirl who also is African American. Jerdine Nolen has exhibited her best storytelling capabilities in this book that is true to her character and the setting in the book. However, keep in mind that the story is long. I would recommend this book to a older audience between Grades 3-6. There is a lot of plot and detail. This story expects that a child's attention span has developed somewhat appropriately to...more
Great idea: tall tales of an African American girl in the Old West. AMAZING big-sky atmospheric paintings by Kadir Nelson.

Worse than mediocre writing by Nolen.

I highly encourage everyone to flip through this and make up your own story.
Elizabeth Hardin
interesting clever story of a young African American girl, Rose
I always liked the tall tale Pecos Bill, and this is kind of a female African-American version of that, with a young girl who is born in thunder and lightning and learns to control it. She also has a steer bull for a pet, but names him Tater and instead of a lasso, has a bunch of twisted metal poles named Cole. I liked the story, mostly just loved Kadir Nelson's amazing illustrations. This won a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Award for 2004, and rightly so.
This one was just o.k. for me. Can't say exactly what I didn't love about it, maybe it was just to "tall" of a tall-tale, or maybe I read to many reviews saying how great it was and I didn't feel it lived up to the praise. I will probably end up reading it at another time and be in the right mood for it and love it.
Amanda Myers
This picture book is for my final project, and it is under the Coretta Scott King Awards. I thought that it was interesting how the book describes Rose as strong as lightning and thunder throughout her life even starting from a baby. I also enjoyed the illustrations that were presented throughout this picture book.
Nicole Holden
I enjoyed reading this book about Thunder Rose. This book has wonderful illustrations and a cute baby being born on the night of a thunder storm. A lightning bolt hits the baby giving her magical powers. The scene takes place back in the wild wild west. This book would be great for introducing creative writing.
Coretta Scott King illustration award winner. Suitable for readaloud for older children I think - will need a bit of attention span, it's a wordy book and has quite the vocab, but is entertaining, and the illustrations are great for reading aloud.
I normally don't like "tall tale" stories, but this is a fun story of a cowgirl hero. Fantastic prose by Nolan - she really has an ear for cowboy twang. and illustrator Nelson imbues Rose with the perfect amount of swagger.
Elizabeth Heath
Picture Book- Thunder Rose was born with lightning and thunder. She grew very fast and has enormous strength. She becomes the hero of the town when she performs many extrodinary tasks.
2004 CSKing Illustrator Honor

This is wonderful....the story is fantastic and the illustrations are hilarious and very well done. A cute, fun, and inspiring folklore picture book.
This is an folklore type of story in the tradition of Paul Bunyan. It would be good for teaching how to write those kinds of stories and exaggerating the truth.
Ngoc  Dang
This book was cool. I liked how the young girl had power and she was strong than everything. This was just a fun fiction book for a read aloud.
A tall tale about a baby born with awesome strength and powers. A great story to help build confidence and strength within young students.
Great tall tale featuring an African-American girl. Also love Kadir Nelson's illustrations, as usual.
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
I enjoyed this tall tale about a spunky girl out west. It's nice to see a tall tale with a black heroine.
Wonderful tall tale set in the old west about Rose, an African-American cowgirl.
I like Thunder Rose's attitude (tough but kind) &, of course, Kadir Nelson's artwork.
Jennifer Gamel
This was an okay book, not one of my favorites. However, a good example of a folk tale.
Ashley Travers
A tall tale of how a little girl gave back to a community in need.
Sam Bloom
Illustrated by Kadir Nelson... what else needs to be said?!
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